The population of Chorley is 118,870 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Chorley to be 120,189. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Chorley grew by an estimated 654 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 11,279. Compare population by area.
Chorley's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.6%, which is 0.6% lower than the average population growth rate in Chorley for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (1.1%).
Chorley covers an area of 203 square kilometres (78 square miles) and has a population density of 586 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 56 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into Chorley was 959, and net international migration into Chorley was 95.
Chorley's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Chorley if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.53, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 9.3, led to population increases of 1,094 during the year, and Chorley's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 11.3 resulted in a 1,338 population decrease. In total, a net 244 person natural decrease.
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During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net inflow of 836 in 2011 to a net 959 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 123 in 2011 to an inflow of 95 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 299 people in 2011 to -244 in 2020.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 83% of the total change in population.
Chorley's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Chorley's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Chorley is forecast to be 125,057 in 2025 and 129,270 in 2030.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2021. Data sources: ONS Local statistics